Two of my goods friends, Michael Maslowski and Geof Harries, and my Dad, are clearly exasperated with my ongoing, borderline masochistic consumer experience with purchasing a Lenovo Thinkpad X60 Tablet. And, to be honest, so am I.
As I’ve written in Geek Love (My Time on the Torture Rack of Online PC Shopping), the whole PC-buying experience is extremely painful and far too complicated. My recent troubles with the misinformation being generated by Lenovo’s web site have compounded the frustration.
But you know what? It’s worth it. I’ve tasted the tablet PC experience and there’s just no going back to old fashioned computing after its flavour hits your tongue.
I had a ThinkPad X60 Tablet in my possession for a little over a week and I have to say that it was a life-changing experience, more so even than HDTV (Do Your Dream in HD?). The tablet form factor and user experience is truly revolutionary and enhances productivity by leaps and bounds. Using a stylus to sketch ideas and jot down notes is just so much more natural an activity than struggling with a keyboard and mouse to capture those fleeting moments of inspiration.
Truly though, I could buy another brand. Lenovo isn’t the only tablet PC game in town. The Toshiba R400 is a stunning example of a modern Vista-based tablet. Unfortunately, it’s too expensive for the limited number of features it offers (to my mind). Fujitsu’s LifeBook 4215 is also an admirable tablet, but suffers minor flaws that I find unacceptable, such as the gutter in the screen bezel that holds the stylus.
Based on my extensive research and analysis of my personal requirements, Lenovo’s offering is just about perfect. And as I mentioned before, it’s only Lenovo’s marketing that sucks. The engineering and build quality of the ThinkPad itself is truly outstanding.
Even after just a week with a tablet PC, it amazes me that these machines aren’t more popular. I don’t understand why anyone buys a standard laptop PC anymore.